We’re just over a year into the New 52 reboot. And, honestly, it’s been pretty good so far. There are many great series, and, sadly, some bad ones as well. I’m not going to claim I’ve read every series in the New 52. Who has though? This post is going to simply rate the three best and three worst series of the New 52.
DC Universe Presents
Ugh. Just thinking about it makes me sick. After a (relatively) promising start, the Deadman story arc quickly fell apart. The Vandal Savage arc? Also bad. The KF issue? Should have been good. Sucked. It got to the point where I stopped reading it. It suffers from writing that is just downright terrible, and story arcs that make little to no sense. Characters and story lines don’t have enough time to be fully developed. Which is sad, since I like most of the characters that are presented. The artwork is passable, but doesn’t save the series. Avoid this one AT ALL COSTS.
But you should get:
Justice League Dark
When I originally heard about JLD, I though it would be set on a different Earth with an evil Justice League, a la Crisis on Infinite Earths. But what I got was even better. An alternate Justice League, one that deals with the darker aspects of the DCU. This, like DCU Presents, has Deadman. However, this series has excellent writing, and the characters and how they develop is awesome. The story lines are great as well, and the artwork is superb. Plus, there’s a great crossover with I, Vampire. Give this one a try, it’s pretty good.
Like this? Try: I, Vampire, Swamp Thing, Justice League
And, seriously, avoid:
Yeah. I was surprised that it was so bad too. It has no right to be. Dick Grayson’s own book should be awesome. But it’s not. The artwork is extremely weak, to the extent that it actually detracts from the story. As if the story needed to be detracted from anyways. Poor writing makes for extremely weak characters, which is sad, since Nightwing is an awesome character. The plot is also really weak, and is saved only by the one or two crossover issues, which are worth reading, but don’t justify the overall mediocrity of the rest of the series.
It’s a bummer about Nightwing, but make yourself feel better and read:
This is easily one of the best series of the New 52. First of all, the artwork is superb and makes the story even better. And the story? Awesome. As if the Court of the Owls story arc wasn’t enough to get everyone hooked, with it’s excellent character development and killer writing. The action is also superb. But now they’ve got the Death of the Family arc beginning. And you know what? It’s awesome. And honestly, I can’t wait for the next issue. Get this, read it, and make yourself happy. It’s really awesome.
Like this? Read: Wonder Woman, Aquaman
And don’t be tempted by
It’s so bad. It was a guilty pleasure of mine for a while, but I fell out of love with it. The artwork is superb. But artwork doesn’t compensate for writing that is downright awful. The story essentially assumes that the entire team, excluding Tim Drake, is incompetent. Which really isn’t true. It introduces some cool heroes, but they don’t get developed enough. The new take on Wonder Girl is initially cool, but quickly falls apart due to horrible writing and the writers thinking that apparently Tim Drake is the only useful person in the entire DCU. Plus the crossover event is just downright bad.
Don’t worry though, the grown up version is better. Read:
The Justice League
Yep. The Teen Titans mentors have a decidedly better series than their younger sidekicks. Despite a shaky start, the series takes off quickly. It offers us a new take on the Justice League, one where no one is really friends, unlike in the original version where everyone gets along quite well. The initial Darkseid story arc is awesome, and offers the perfect circumstances for the Justice League to be formed. The missions that follow are equally awesome, with some great character and plot work. And how about the upcoming Trinity War? Two words: Can’t wait.
Like this? Try: Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Justice League International
Honorable mentions for series to avoid:
Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E.
Legion of Superheroes
Green Lantern: New Guardians
Honorable Mentions for Series to get:
Aquaman (surprise, right?)
Batman & Robin
All of this is just my personal opinion. If you believe me to be incorrect about anything, let me know in the comments, I’m interested to here your opinions!